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apr 17, 2017, 8:01 am

Where are we up to in the series? Any key points we need to remember?

What are you hoping for from this book?

Redigerat: apr 17, 2017, 1:17 pm

Golden Buddha by Clive Cussler & Craig Dirgo – Read and Discussed on Leafmarks
The Oregon Files Book #1

Juan Cabrillo is Chairman of the “Corporation”, a special US Government-sponsored group that operates out of a ship called the Oregon; a marvel of scientific research equipment bristling with state-of-the-art weaponry – but disguised as a heap of junk. The Oregon, has a personality and a characterization all it's own.

Cabrillo and his crew are mercenaries with a conscience. They are able to cross the high seas in their rusting tub unmolested, seeking out those beyond the arms of the law and dealing out justice to any who would plot chaos on a global scale.

In this first addition…a priceless object and an ¬entire country’s fate rest in the hands of Juan Cabrillo and his crew.

They have been charged by the CIA with finding the Golden Buddha, a statue of the utmost importance to Buddhism in spite of its somewhat shady history. If they find it, the exiled Dalai Lama will be able to return to Tibet.

There are others that also want the Buddha for darker purposes. The list of characters is long and sometimes confusing.

The Oregon crew manage to play the Russians and the Chinese off against one another and restore the Dalai Lama in the end.

Since this was read and discussed on a different site that is no longer in existence I will use quotes and viewpoints from the 5 people that I found that are a usual part of the group that posted on Goodreads.

“Different from the Dirk Pitt books I'm most familiar with, this has an ensemble cast. Yes, it still has the classic cars and the detailed technical descriptions, but you don't get the same character building. I am guessing that will happen as I get to know the members of the team better in later books. In any case, it was an interesting, enjoyable read that I would recommend to readers who enjoy action adventure (or as my favorite used bookstore labels it, Men's”

“One of the negatives of this book for me was that, with the exception of Cabrillo, you never really get to know any of them very well. That may be because this is the first book in the series and is more an introduction to the characters that any sort of development. The book is filled with non-stop action and the plot was very unique.
The authors created some great battles, set in exciting locales, in an engrossing story. If you are looking for an exciting action/adventure novel, this is probably a book you would enjoy. “

“This reads a little bit like a script for a new version of the Mission: Impossible series: a lot of snippets of action in various places with many characters I had difficulty keeping straight, and a complicated plot to put the Dalai Lama back on the throne which relied a lot on misrepresentation and tricks. Though there was quite some action in the book, somehow the story did not really grab me. It felt like a reasonable plot, but the execution was not really well done.”

According to Goodreads there was 1 5 star rating, 1 -3 star rating and 3-4 star ratings. Good enough for a first in a series but we all said we liked the third book more with a different co-author.

Sacred Stone Clive Cussler & Craig Dirgo
The Oregon Files Book #2

This “Oregon Files” takes place on land, much of it in the Middle East…and because it takes place almost entirely on the land, The Oregon itself is mostly absent from this particular plot.

Two opposing groups seek a 50,000-year-old radioactive meteorite known as the Sacred Stone.

Muslim extremists have stolen a nuclear device and need the stone to give them the power to vaporize any city in the west.

A megalomaniacal industrialist leads a group seeking to carry out the utter annihilation of Islam itself.

Caught between the two militant factions is Juan Cabrillo and his crew, who must do whatever they can to stop them and recover the Sacred Stones.

I thought the opening of this book featuring Lief Erickson and his men finding the cave and first discovering what the stone was capable of was brilliant.
The 6 regular members of the discussion group that posted reviews on Goodreads gave Sacred Stone 5 – 4 star ratings and 1- 3 star.

Their comments:
“The story itself was a fun, easy read with spy action and thriller components. I am looking forward to getting to know the crew of The Oregon better as I definitely see the people, and their various talents/personalities, as a major strength of the series.”

“This book is filled with nonstop action and would make a great movie.”

“I have read all 11 of the books in the Oregon Files series and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. This was a reread and I have to say the fast-paced action of this story, the crew of the Oregon, and the details the authors pay to the historical and factual settings make this one of my absolutely favorite series.”

Dark Watch by Clive Cussler & Jack DuBrul
The Oregon Files Book #3

Cabrillo's newest employers are a consortium of Japanese shipping tycoons who are being threatened by pirates.

The plot includes commercial freighters that are disappearing, missiles that North Korea is selling to Syria, bad guys planting a bomb on a ship that the U.S. wants to destroy, the sinking of a research vessel, covert operations from any number of nations, and the threat of diseases such as typhoid and cholera that could run rampant

As the Oregon crew learns more, Juan realizes that this case of brazen piracy is much more than just this obvious piratical front.

He may be in too deep to pull off this caper as the opponents have heavy sponsors from around the globe using pirates to increase and hide the lucrative international slave trade.

Along with all this other excitement we have an about to erupt volcano and a missing crew member.

There were 6 participants with 5 people rating it 4.5 and 1 person rating it a 4.

This one is on LT with the link for the stats.

Skeleton Coast by Clive Cussler & Jack DuBrul
The Oregon Files Book #4

Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert ship, Oregon, have barely escaped a mission on the Congo River when they intercept a mayday from a defenseless boat under fire off the African coast.

While saving Sloane Macintyre - who's looking for a long-submerged ship Cabrillo learns that Sloane and her assistant has recently visited a crazy fisherman who claims to have been attacked on the open sea by giant metal snakes .

What begins as a snake hunt leads Cabrillo onto the trail of a deranged militant and his followers who plan to unleash the power of nature itself against all who oppose them.

Like all Cussler novels, this one begins with a story from the past. It seems that millions of dollars worth of diamonds disappeared off the African coast a hundred years ago during a storm that may have buried the ship and it’s cargo under tons of sand.

The ship also intercepts a piece of a satellite phone conversation regarding a kidnapped industrialist.

Juan Cabrillo decides to send in a team to rescue him, sure of a handsome reward. The same people who kidnapped the American businessman and one of his employees are also involved in an even bigger scheme that threatens millions of lives, and it also ties together with Sloane’s diamond hunt.

The entire book is one action filled page after another.

There were 6 participants: Rating were 2-4’s

For all discussion stats visit
Plague Ship by Clive Cussler & Jack DuBrul
The Oregon Files Book #5

Capt. Juan Cabrillo, and the crew of the “Oregon” take on a group known as the Responsivists.

The Responsivists publicly promote a program of global population control, but are secretly planning a devastating attack on the human race utilizing a virulent virus found aboard an ancient ship that may or may not be…Noah's Ark.

The chief villain is a doctor who heads the Responsivists and a self made billionaire that is later revealed to be the doctors son-in-law.

This is not too surprising as many of the bad guys actually turn out to be who they said they were.

The Responsivists, have taken control of a luxury cruise liner to start their plan is to release a deadly virus that will render half of the world's population sterile and thrust the rest of the world into anarchy.

To make matters worse, a son of one of the “Oregon” crew members has joined the rebel group. Now it's up to the Corporation to free the son and stop the Responsivists' plan.

Using high-tech tools such as a Soviet space satellite launched during the Cold War, Cabrillo and his team set about stopping the cult before it's too late.

There were 6 participants in the group discussion. Almost everyone gave the book a 4 star rating.

Some of the comments made by participants about the story were s follows:

"I think there was too much time spent on some of the sections, like Max's escape. There was also a lot of time spent on weaponry descriptions that made to book longer, but not necessarily better."

"Great action. The authors kept us guessing what would happen next and that kept me reading. This series has a fantastic cast of characters and it was interesting to see the backgrounds of some of the lesser featured ones."

"Always an interesting ride that keeps me wanting to turn the page"

"I like reading about how they get out of tight situations and I also like the different areas they travel too"

"I enjoyed the link in with the ark and the cult link. Also enjoy the group of characters brought together and the wider group within this book."

For more book discussion visit the “book discussing stats thread on the Mystery & Suspense group

apr 17, 2017, 4:01 pm

>2 Carol420: Thanks, Carol, :)

I'm just hoping for another gripping read. Always an edge-of-your-seat story in this series, with interesting backgrounds - looking forward to finding out what they've based it on this time.

apr 17, 2017, 4:46 pm

I've only read one of Cussler's books and it was a Dirk Pitt one. Based on that and the other descriptions here, I'm expecting a lot of action and adventure. I'm hoping it's a good story and that I"ll be able to follow it without much confusion. The description sounds good so I'm looking forward to it.

apr 17, 2017, 5:24 pm

>2 Carol420: Thanks Carol 👏, a great job as always and it helps refresh the old grey cells!

I'm looking for plenty of action, although I love dialogue so I hope to see a touch more of that so we know what is going through their heads. I also hope to see a fair bit of history involved and a visit to a country I haven't been to yet this year. Fingers crossed!

apr 17, 2017, 5:26 pm

>4 gaylebutz: You should definitely see plenty of action Gayle. Also the books are very well contained so don't see it being a problem if you haven't read the others in the series. And welcome 😊

apr 18, 2017, 7:24 am

>4 gaylebutz: Welcome aboard, gaylebutz, I hope you enjoy the read. It'll be interesting to get the perspective of a newcomer to the series.

apr 18, 2017, 5:30 pm

Carol: Thanks for the synopsis of all the previous books. Very helpful. I'm looking forward to more adventures with the crew of the Oregon.

apr 18, 2017, 9:00 pm

Thanks for your excellent recap Carol. I'm looking forward to a fun and action packed story.